Clay Workshops as a Method for Recognising and Creating Individual Knowledge

  • Päivimaria Seppänen
  • Anne Pässilä
  • Aino Kianto
Part of the Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning book series (IAKM, volume 7)


This chapter discusses how a clay workshop can be used as an inquiry method in the knowledge management context. We focus on transdisciplinarity as an essential part of the knowledge creation process and clay workshop as an artistic approach for enabling knowledge production that takes place in collaboration among different disciplines. We demonstrate empirically how a series of clay workshops enabled individuals to recognise their personal tacit knowledge and how it supported knowledge creation in a work context. The study contributes to the literature on the interface of knowledge management, and the arts from a practitioner perspective, the study provides guidelines on how embodied methods, such as, for example, clay crafting, can be used for making sense and surfacing tacit knowledge.


Tacit knowledge Knowledge creation Transdisciplinarity Transdisciplinary knowledge Arts-based methods Knowledge management 



This study was supported by a 1-year grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s South Karelia Regional Fund, and it is part of the Arts Equal project funded by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council from its Equality in Society–programmed (project no. 293199).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Päivimaria Seppänen
    • 1
  • Anne Pässilä
    • 2
  • Aino Kianto
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business and ManagementLUT UniversityLappeenrantaFinland
  2. 2.School of Engineering ScienceLUT UniversityLappeenrantaFinland

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